Protection Squared – what you don’t know can hurt you

Compiled by Staff Reports


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2011, almost 50,000 people in the United States were diagnosed with HIV. One out of six people who are infected with HIV do not know that they are. Also, people have misconceptions of how STDs are transmitted and how to protect themselves. Syphilis and gonorrhea are becoming more antibiotic-resistant, and there are other less familiar diseases that can harm a woman’s ability to have children. Louisiana ranks in the top 10 for STDs in the U.S.

With this in mind, Delgado Public Relations students have launched a Service Learning campaign, Protection Squared. “We wanted students to be aware of their sexual health, and that includes STDs,” PR student Jamila Cherif said. “We think that we are young and nothing will happen to us, but that is a myth. Our aim is to sensitize our peers and give them useful information in a fun way, with interactive games and prizes.”

The campaign will take place in two locations at Delgado City Park, on April 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Life Center, with trivia questions, music, games and prizes, and April 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the W.I.S.E. Women Center, second floor of Building One. Major Smith, from No Aids Task Force, will be speaking about sexual health from 11 a.m. to noon. Gwendoria Buckles and Sammy Smith from Delgado’s Practical Nursing Program will speak from noon until 1 p.m.

Sexual health starts by getting informed and being aware of how STDs are transmitted and how they can be prevented. One of the items that will be available at both events is a protective metal tin with two condoms, courtesy of ONE Condoms. “The idea behind Protection Squared was to not only promote sexual health for men and women at Delgado, but the metal container provides protection for your protection–protection squared,” PR student Isadora Linheira said.

For more information, visit PROT.SQUARED4 on Instagram

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